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NCH becomes Northeastern University London

NCH London | July 20, 2022

We are thrilled to announce that NCH at Northeastern has been granted University Title by the Office for Students (OfS). From today, the university will be known as Northeastern University – London. 

This change will benefit our students and graduates by providing them with a university degree that will have greater recognition among international employers. In addition, it provides the foundations to introduce an exciting opportunity to experience a semester abroad at Northeastern University’s main campus in Boston, for students commencing their undergraduate degree from September 2023.

The use of the word ‘university’ is protected in law and cannot be used without approval. The grant of University title is testament to the quality of education we deliver, and the result of many years of outstanding work by staff and students. This is the first time that the OfS has granted a University Title, since they acquired accountability for the grant of University Title  from the Department for Education.

Susan Lapworth, Interim Chief Executive of the Office for Students, said:

“Students need assurance that any higher education provider using the title ‘university’ will live up to its name.  Protecting the use of the term ‘university’ by carefully considering the suitability of an institution to hold that title, means the OfS is protecting the reputation of the entire sector. 

“I am pleased that we have been able to approve this new name for Northeastern University – London.  Supporting growth and innovation in the higher education sector enables greater choice and equality of opportunity for students”.

Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive of GuildHE, said:

“I am delighted at the award of University Title to New College of the Humanities as Northeastern University – London. Their international outlook and innovative teaching offer will add to the diversity and strength of UK higher education.” 

The name New College of the Humanities will continue to be used alongside Northeastern University London until mid 2024, when we will sensitively retire the NCH name.

Northeastern University – London/ NCH London continues to be an independent academic institutional regulated by the Office for Students (OfS) and awarding degrees using its English Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP).